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The Horizon 2020 ITN on TTIP

Dr Elaine Fahey is part of a network application led by academics at the University of Birmingham. The group has been awarded an EU Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) under Horizon 2020 (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016). City currently hosts 4 ITNs across other subjects (in the sciences) which began at City in April 2017 and runs to 2021.

The EU currently is negotiating a controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement with the USA, the main features of which will be the abolition of tariffs, the reduction of non-tariff barriers to trade between the EU and the USA and the introduction of a dispute settlement mechanism. The objective of the successful Marie Curie TTIP Innovative Training Network (TTIP-ITN) is to foster interdisciplinary research into TTIP which focusses upon research, knowledge and jobs training.

The ITN network is an interdisciplinary, intersectoral collaboration pooling researchers and practitioners from all relevant disciplines of law - EU constitutional, internal market, and external relations law, international trade law, and international law, as well as political science, international relations, business studies, and economics. TTIP-ITN integrates nonacademic Beneficiaries and Partner Organisations, including think tanks, lobbyists, regulatory bodies, law firms, US academic institutions, and an international organisation. Furthermore, the network will support and enhance the process of converting research results into policy papers through partnership with high-impact policy research units at the forefront of European policy research and policy making.

The work package consists of 3 substantive work packages on (1) transatlantic governance, (2) transatlantic regulation, and (3) multilateralism and regionalism. 15 PhD research projects will be supervised by academics of the 11 Beneficiaries with an interdisciplinary training programme covering the legal, political and economic foundations of TTIP and an interdisciplinary and intersectoral programme of secondments involving 22 Partner Organisations.

The funding funds inter alia 1 PhD position at City. City takes the lead on the work package exploring Transatlantic governance. The investigation will focus on three core themes: (a) TTIP and democratisation and legitimation within (emerging) global governance; (b) The rule of law and access to justice, including ISDS in TTIP; and (c) Democratic legitimacy, the impact of TTIP on democracy, transparency, and human rights in the EU Member States, the EU, and the US.

The total project award is €4,099,318.20 of which City gets 7% (€273,287.88).

Subject: Law and Global Governance

Academic: Professor Elaine Fahey